Brick and mortar retailers fret over "showrooming:" tech-savvy consumers using their smartphones to find the best holiday deals after or while checking out products in person. Facebook banks on "social shopping." Nintendo introduces "asymetric play," a new video game system with a unique user interface. The Computer Guys and Gal are back to explore the new buzzwords of the tech holiday season, and the latest headlines from the digital world.
Computer Guys And Gal Picks
From tablets to apps, the best technology gift ideas of this holiday season. Plus, the hottest tech buzzwords, news and happenings.
Tablets, tablets, tablets! There's the Nexus line from 7" to 10" that are starting to look as strong as an iPad. Anywhere from $200-ish to $400.
The Tablet King continues with the iPad Mini. It's a heftier price tag, but with a lighter form factor.
Hi-Tech puzzles! For a rainy day, this set of old-fashioned 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles contains high-tech surprises.
Don't lose your car in a crowded parking lot this holiday season with the Find My Car app, which remembers the GPS position of your car, hotel or any other location and shows your current position on the map.
E-readers. There's so much to think about with this holiday season and e-reading, with a million flavors of Kindles, Nooks, Sony Readers and more.
Autodesk 123D Design for Windows, Mac and iPad. This is another good entry level option for people looking to learn how to model objects in 3-D.
Autodesk 123D Sculpt for iPad is a 3-D modeling tool that works like digital clay. You use fingers to sculpt organic shapes on the screen. Even if you're not serious about 3-D, this app is worth checking out.
Without a farm bill, dairy policy will revert to 1949 law, and wholesale milk prices could double. But the Senate Agriculture Committee chairwoman says she expects a bill to pass in January, in time to avert a spike in milk prices.
The bipartisan plan would head off any more budget battles for two years. But it also doesn't cut spending as much as some Republicans want or restore some of the funding that Democrats favor. Both sides being disappointed may be the key to the plan's success, though.
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